Fairmont State University

Fairmont State University Athletics
1201 Locust Ave Fairmont, WV 26554
Division 2 West Virginia Northeast
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Kernell Borneo

Fairmont State University Director of Athletics, Greg Bamberger, named Kernell Borneo as the new head women's soccer coach at Fairmont State on Friday, June 25, 2021.

Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Borneo played collegiate soccer at both Missouri Baptist and West Virginia University, and has since made the transition to serve in roles as a club and travel soccer coach and administrator for more than 18 years.

In his first season as the head women's soccer coach, Borneo and Fairmont State capped the season in the MEC Semifinals after earning the second seed from the MEC North Division. Four Falcons earned All-MEC accolades with Kiera Kuzinski and Ari Christiansen being named to the All-MEC First Team and Taylor Kennedy being named to the second team. Emily Wallon was also recognized as she joined her teammates on the All-MEC Freshman Team.

Kuzinski was also recognized at the regional level as she was named to the Division II Conference Commissioner's Association (D2CCA) All-Atlantic Region Second Team after leading the Falcons in goals scored with 12.

"We are thrilled to welcome Kernell to Fairmont State as the next leader for our women's soccer program," said Bamberger. "Kernell brings nearly two decades of experience developing and coaching soccer talent that went on to be successful at the collegiate level. He also brings a wealth of knowledge administratively, as the creator and director of a number of strong club programs.

"Kernell's background and experience provides unique opportunities for our program to continue to grow into a contender both regionally and nationally," Bamberger added.

Borneo has been the Director of Soccer at Pro Performance and FC Alliance in Morgantown since 2008, and has held the same role at Tri State Elite since January 2015. During his time at Pro Performance, FC Alliance and Tri State Elite, Borneo has coached five different teams to win 14 State Championship titles. In addition, Borneo was voted the West Virginia Boys Competitive Coach of the Year in 2015.

In 2018, he coached the FC Alliance 2005 Girls team that advanced to the regional finals, before being eliminated by a top-10 nationally ranked team. Several of his teams also competed internationally in England, Germany, France and Spain.

"I am happy and excited to be named the head women's soccer coach at Fairmont State University," said Borneo. "It's a great program with a lot of talented student-athletes. I'm looking forward to meeting the players and learning who they would like to be as a player, as a teammate and as a student.

"I have had a lot of positive role models in my career as a player and a coach. I look forward to coaching the team and providing the same type of atmosphere at Fairmont State University," Borneo explained.

From 2005 - 2007, Borneo served as head coach of the boys soccer team at University (W.Va.) High School, where he aided in the development of players that moved on to collegiate careers. Borneo has coached numerous boys and girls who went on to play collegiate soccer at WVU, Marshall, Kentucky, Bowling Green, Morehead State, Cincinnati, Wheeling Jesuit, West Virginia Wesleyan, Concord, and many other DI and DII programs.

Borneo has also coached and coordinated numerous camps throughout his career, including WVU men's and women's soccer camps, the West Ham National Camps in Morgantown, Pittsburgh and Georgia and the Bayern Munich ID Camps in Morgantown.

"We are pleased to welcome the newest member of our Falcon Family, Coach Borneo," said Mirta M. Martin, Fairmont State University President. "He has an exceptional record and reputation throughout the state and beyond, which truly speaks for itself. He has the knowledge and experience to develop skillful, well-rounded student-athletes, and we look forward to the progression of our Fighting Falcon women's soccer program under his leadership."

Prior to coaching and working in club soccer, Borneo received full tuition scholarships to play collegiately at Missouri Baptist University and WVU on defense. While at WVU, he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications in May 2003. Borneo has also earned credits toward a Master's in Education from WVU.

Kernell Borneo has the following soccer certifications:

· USSF Certified

· National USSF Youth License

· NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma

· NSCAA Advanced National Diploma

· NSCAA Youth Diploma

· NSCAA Goalkeeping 1 and 2 Diploma

· Coerver Coaching Youth Diploma

· Coaching Certificate from West Ham United Premier Soccer Club (London, England)

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Brandon Slewa

Brandon Slewa joined head women's soccer coach Kernell Borneo's staff in March of 2022. Slewa is a native of Ontario, Canada, and received his Bachelor's Degree in Math Education from Bethany College and Master's in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, from Salem University.

Slewa most recently coached the men's soccer program at Salem University from 2019 to 2021. He is currently coaching FC Alliance, where the program focuses on player development and developing players both physiologically and psychologically.

Slewa played collegiately at NJCAA member Southwestern Illinois College where he was a team captain and an all-conference. He then made played for NAIA member Bethany college in Kansas. Slewa was the team captain for the Bethany Swedes men's soccer program and was an all-conference player at the school.

Slewa has also played at the amateur/semi-pro level in Canada and in the US.

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